Thursday, December 29, 2016

Peace and Hope for 2017

Family Thanksgiving visit
Coastal North Florida sunset
     As we approach another year, I feel hopeful and pray for hope for all of you. We hear too much doom and gloom right now, in my opinion. Of course, some bad things will happen as the weeks go by; that's how life is. But I also see and hear about many kind acts by ordinary people, many good outcomes in difficult situations, and many brave Americans doing their best for their families, community, and nation.

     I have promised myself to look around me in wonder every day (yes, even on those days--can I keep my promise even then?) seeking beauty in nature, courage and kindness in people, and simple decency toward and respect for everyone I encounter. I pray for the same for all of you who have celebrated the love of God in Christmas or the steadfast care of God in Hanukkah--as well as for all well-intentioned people vowing to care for one another in 2017.

     From our home and family to all of you: may peace, joy, and hope come your way.
Super moon setting over the ocean
Our Christmas home